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Love to explore the great Nevada outdoors?  Excited about discovering old trailways and byways?  Do once vibrant but now abandoned pioneer settlements stimulate your interest?   Then you will be in great company with folks like us with much love for transportation, local and state history. 

 

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Past Events

Recently completed Chapter activities are recorded here for reference.

Road Trip:  Pioneer Branch Route

August 24th:  Jim Bonar, LHA Nevada State Director, will lead a tour of the Pioneer Branch of the Lincoln Highway from Fallon to Carson City.  The tour will begin at 9:00 am at Fallon with stops along the way.  We will tour the old Highway to the Lahontan dam, and then onto Dayton. The Compadres Mexican Restaurant in Dayton will be the setting for a no host lunch at noon.  After lunch you will have the opportunities to visit the Historical Society of Dayton Valley and the many historic building in town.  The tour will continue on to Carson City to the old mint and the Nevada State Museum.  You will have an opportunity to take a photo with the 1928 Lincoln Highway marker there at the Museum. Tour the Museum or visit Carson City on your own before you return home.The tour will end at about 3:00 pm.  If you are interested in being part of this tour please let Cindy Ainsworth know at cainsworth2271@att.net by Friday August 16th.

Nevada Chapter Membership Meeting

The Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association will hold a special annual meeting and lunch  on July 20th at Noon at Louis' Basque Corner, 301 East 4th Street, Reno.  Here is their website address: www.louisbasquecorner.com.

 

As usual, we will first have lunch at Noon and then hold the special annual meeting to vote for our executive board.  Future chapter activities will be reviewed and member comments and suggestions will be welcomed.  Let Cindy Ainsworth know if you have any agenda items and please RSVP to Cindy at cainsworth2271@att.net.  See you there!

Commemorating the History of 4th Street & Prater Way

Saturday, May 4th, 2:00 pm at the Sparks Heritage Museum

 

The corridor stretching from 4th Street in Reno through Prater Way in Sparks is one of the region's most historic thoroughfares, from its roots as a county road, railway bed, and streetcar route to its designation as the Lincoln and Victory Highways and U.S. Highway 40. In 2011, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County initiated a multi-year partnership with historian Alicia Barber, PhD, to document the history of this important road and help incorporate its rich heritage into the transit improvements that were completed in 2018. In this highly visual presentation, Dr. Barber will discuss her research into the corridor's history and her efforts to commemorate and promote it. 

 

Dr. Alicia Barber is an award-winning historian and writer specializing in Nevada and the American West. She is the producer and host of the KUNR 88.7 FM history segment, “Time & Place with Alicia Barber,” and the author of the book Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City. She also co-founded and edits the map-based smart phone app and website, Reno Historical (renohistorical.org). Through her firm, Stories in Place, Dr. Barber collaborates frequently with government agencies, museums, architects, and community groups on projects ranging from oral histories and historical websites to museum exhibits and historic preservation. She has served on Nevada's Board of Museums and History since 2012. 

Sparks Heritage Museum, 814 Victorian Ave, Sparks, NV 89431, (775) 355-1144, http://sparksmuseum.org/

 

Photo below of the Reno Traction Company Car No. 5, courtesy of Alicia Barber.

 

 

Nevada Chapter Membership Meeting

The next Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association general meeting and lunch will take place on March 2nd at noon at Silver Peak Brewery and Restaurant, 124 Wonder Street, Reno.  Here is the Silver Peak website address: http://silverpeakbrewery.com. The meeting will take place upstairs at the Brewery. 

 

As usual, we will first have lunch and then have a brief meeting to talk about upcoming 2019 events and an update on current doings. Mainly, we will discuss our 2019 road trip in August along with other upcoming projects. Let me know if you have any agenda items and please RSVP to Cindy at cainsworth2271@att.net.  See you there!

 

Another topic we should discuss is how we can increase our membership.  We have been losing members throughout last year and we also have members who are leaving the state. Please think about how we can do some more outreach.

Lincoln Highway Presentation

Lincoln Highway 101 --- Jim Bonar, Nevada State Director of the Lincoln Highway Association, will give a free presentation on the Lincoln Highway across America on February 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV 89431, (775) 355-1144 . The Lincoln Highway Association was responsible for the mapping and definition of the first transcontinental highway across the country and was formed on October 31, 1913.  Jim’s presentation will explain how the Association was formed and the evolution of the highway until its demise in 1926.   Jim’s narration along with vintage photos and short films will take you on a tour across the country on the Lincoln Highway.  The program will include many photos and maps of the highway’s paths across Nevada and the Sierra.  Admission to the museum for this presentation is free.

Reno's Lost Highway
Wedge-Outside-The-Box presents an exhibit by Reno area artists, poets and writers about 4th Street from Verdi to Prater Way.  University of Nevada, Reno - Jot Travis Building, Student Gallery South.  January 11 - 23, 2019.  Remembering old Highway 40  and its roadside culture before Interstate 80.   "Gone are the historic neon signs, the tales of Lash LaRue, the Coney Island Auto Park, the quickie divorce motels and thriving mid-century bars and restaurants."    

Nevada Chapter Membership Meeting

The next Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway general meeting and lunch will take place on November 3rd at Noon at Silver Peak Brewery and Restaurant, 124 Wonder Street, Reno.  While not located on the Lincoln Highway, we are trying out Silver Peak this time around.  The restaurant is located in one of Reno’s early farm houses located in the Wells Avenue area.  Here is the Silver Peak link: http://silverpeakbrewery.com.

As usual, we will first have lunch and then have a brief meeting to talk about upcoming 2019 events and an update on current doings.  The meeting will take place upstairs at the Brewery.  Please RSVP to Cindy Ainsworth, Nevada Chapter President, at cainsworth2271@att.net.  Any agenda item suggestions?  Let Cindy know.   See you then!

Lincoln Highway Tweed Ride

October 7, 2018

 

The Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance is excited to bring a brand new event to Washoe County. On October 7, we are hosting the Lincoln Highway Tweed Ride! What is a tweed ride, you ask?

A tweed ride is part group bike ride, part costume party, and part historical tour! We invite everyone to break out their dapperest of historical fashion (but it isn’t required) and join us for a family-friendly bike ride from the Depot in Reno to Victorian Plaza in Sparks. What better way to experience the newly constructed bike lanes on 4th and Prater?

The event is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Riders will get a chance to stop along the route and learn about the history of Reno and Sparks. The event will culminate in a party at Victorian Plaza, including food, music, and prizes.

For more information check out their Facebook site:

https://www.facebook.com/events/379405292561242/

September 6, 2018.  Gold Hill Water System Presentation

September 15 and 16, 2018.  Donner Party Hikes and Lincoln Highway Presentation

Jim Bonar is scheduled to deliver a presentation concerning the Gold Hill Water System on September 6, 2018, at the Gold Hill Hotel in Virginia City.  The lecture includes dinner at 5:00 pm followed by the presentation at 7:00 pm.  One may register online for the dinner and/or the lecture.  The lecture only is $5.00.

On September 15 and16, 2018, five separate Donner Party hikes are scheduled to take place by the Donner Lake Historical Society.  On Saturday afternoon, September 15, 2018, after the conclusion of the hikes, Mr. Bonar will deliver a presentation on the Lincoln Highway, which crossed Donner Summit and was the precursor of today’s Interstate 80.  The presentation will be held at the Mt. Judah Lodge at Donner Summit.  Preregistration is required with limited same day registration.  $50.00/hiker or $60.00 after August 27.  Complete hike description and registration forms can be found at - www.donnerpartyhike.com or info@donnerpartyhike.com.

August 25, 2018.  Clear Creek Canyon Field Trip.  A Day Trip on Old Clear Creek Highway and the 1928 Realignment of the Lincoln Highway.

Join LHA members Janette Bloom and Jan Marson on Saturday, August 25 for a day trip exploring Clear Creek Canyon in Carson City. We will gather at 9:30 a.m. at the Stewart Indian School main entrance at 5500 Snyder Avenue. First we will travel the Stewart Indian School Trail (via car or on foot) while using cell phones to hear alumni and employees relate their personal experiences at the school.

We then head up Clear Creek Canyon to explore the 1928 alignment of the Lincoln Highway.

 

Suggested donation (includes lunch): $15.00 payable to “Nevada Chapter LHA” and send to our Treasurer:  Tom Davis, 3590 Cherokee Avenue, Carson City, NV 89705-6931.  Or come to the membership meeting on July 21 and hand your check to Tom in person. 

Please RSVP by August 20th to Cindy Ainsworth at cainsworth2271@att.net.  Cindy said: "This will be a jammed packed fun day so I hope you can make it!"

For more information and images about the field trip and a discussion of the old alignment download this file:

VERDI NEIGHBORHOOD BBQ

The Verdi History Center invites you

To join us for an evening of food, fun and friends.

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 11, 2018

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

740 Second Street in Verdi

Hamburger or Hot Dog, Salad and Beans

Adults--$12.00

Children under 12--$7.00

Tickets available at:

Verdi History Center

River Belle Market

Outlaw Coffee Shop

Call 345-0202 or 345-0173

August 4, 2018.  Discover Lost Carson City

Discover the Lost Carson City as told by Dr. Peter Mires.  Come in from the heat and enjoy this fascinating topic!  Using historic photos, Dr. Mires will speak about those forgotten early Carson City buildings.

Meet the Author, Peter B. Mires in the informative lecture series supported by the Lincoln Highway Association, Sparks Museum and sponsored by the City of Sparks. First Saturday Lecture Series are free to all who come to hear about the early development of Nevada’s state capital. This lecture is scheduled August 4th 2-3pm in the Sparks Museum Cultural Center.

Nevada Chapter Membership Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 21, 2018.   The location is Louis' Basque Corner, 301 East 4th Street, Reno, NV 89501 at the corner of Evans and East 4th Street.  Lunch begins at Noon followed by the chapter meeting about 1:30 pm.  All chapter members and their guests are invited.  Please try to attend as this is our annual membership election meeting where we will be voting for the chapter officers for the coming year. 

July 7, 2018.  What Americans Were Driving In the First Decades of the Lincoln Highway presented by Dr. William Cathey.  The free program will be held on July 7th, at 2:00 pm at the Sparks Heritage Museum.   American automobiles and highways progressed at a rapid pace as Americans embraced the automobile life style from the mid-teens through the 1930s. The automobiles used on the Lincoln Highway from its introduction will be discussed along with the history of the companies and their leaders. It's a fascinating story of the evolution and impact of the automobile transportation system.

 

William N. Cathey started his professional career as a physics faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1967 and retired as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Professor of Physics in 2013.  Professor Cathey’s research was related to the electronic structure of metals and alloys, including alloys that absorb large amounts of hydrogen. His teaching experience included introductory through graduate-level physics as well as interdisciplinary courses and lectures on the history and social impact of the automobile. He has participated in the National Automobile Museum’s History Symposium for several years and his hobbies include maintaining some ‘50s and ‘60s sports cars.

Above Donner Lake, California, taken in 1915 by Austin F. Bement, Secretary of the Lincoln Highway Association, and Henry B. Joy, President of the Lincoln Highway Association.  Donner Lake is located approximately 33 miles to the west.  Photo courtesy of University of Michigan Lincoln Highway Digital Image Collection, accession no. —lhc0008.

Lake Tahoe Lecture Rescheduled

Due to inclement weather Dr. Peter Mires' lecture on Lake Tahoe's Rustic Architecture was cancelled for Saturday, March 3.   Please note the new date for this event.  This notice posted on Monday, March 26.

June 2, 2018:  Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture ---- Our first program event for 2018 will take place on Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 pm at the Sparks Heritage Museum, 820 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, (775) 355-1144. The special lecture will feature Dr. Peter Mires who will present a look at Lake Tahoe’s rustic architecture; a feature that many Lincoln Highway travelers experienced during those early years of the roadway.

Join us as Dr. Peter Mires, historical geographer and Carson City resident, presents an illustrated lecture on the rustic architecture of the Lake Tahoe region. Material for the talk comes from his recently published book "Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture". As most Tahoeites know, rustic has become Tahoe’s brand; its expression extends beyond homes and resorts to include myriad forms―churches, stores, restaurants, and a host of ancillary structures among them. Although Dr. Mires will focus largely on its Gilded Age―to―Great Depression heyday, he will invite discussion of what many call “mountain architecture” or simply “Tahoe style.”

 

 

Tahoe Meadows Garage/State Line Post Office                       Young Bros. Resort, Lake Tahoe

Photo courtesy of Peter Mires                                                                         Photo courtesy of Peter Mires